Eurovision’s Greatest Hits takes place in London on 31 March. The one-off concert will see a host of past Eurovision stars take to the stage to mark 60 years of the contest. While the show itself will be purely celebratory, we’ve decided to add a little competition to proceedings by ranking and reviewing all 18 Eurovision entries sung by the 14 confirmed acts. Today the Wiwi Jury— our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — travelled back to Copenhagen 2001 to relive Natasha St-Pier‘s fourth place performance of “Je N’Ai Que Mon Âme (All I Have Is My Soul)”. Were we still impressed by the most successful French entry of the 21st century? Read on to find out…
Sopon: Fourteen years on, this is extremely dated and bland. I was a toddler in 2001, so I have no idea if this sort of music was actually entertaining. If Natasha had entered this in last year’s French selection she would have had her behind kicked. It’s pretty, it’s nice, but it’s extremely boring and old.
Liam: This is simply beautiful! No other word can describe it. Natasha shone brightly on the night. Too bad the hot mess from Estonia won instead.
Josh: I can see why Natasha did so well. This style of ballad was all the rage from the late 90s through to the early 00s, and the song itself is timeless. That said, I’d prefer if it had been sung entirely in French with a cleaner ending. It may not fare as well in the present decade, but there is still a level of beauty and elegance that I can appreciate.
Inaki: The powerful and sweet voice of Natasha St-Pier saves this typical ballad, in which everything – even the “in crescendo” structure and the final chorus in English – is predictable. Now it sounds really old fashioned but it wasn’t that bad. An average song rescued by the singer and the instrumental backing track. No fireworks at all.
Mikhail: This is such a great song. It’s all so beautiful – Natasha’s voice, the melody. It creates a lovely atmosphere and makes you want to lie down on the grass, look at the stars and dream.
Judit: A lovely French chanson, but I have a feeling that I heard it all before. Her voice is really good and this style worked well at the beginning of the 00s. But it’s easily forgettable. Not my favourite from France.
Ramadan: The best song of the year. I was so annoyed that it didn’t win. A really beautiful song and a wonderful singer. Natasha’s voice is simply stunning. Who couldn’t love those vocals? A perfect example as to why it should be law that France send ballads to Eurovision every year… or at least good ones.
Padraig: I want to like “Je N’Ai Que Mon Âme”. Really, I do. If only for Natasha’s sake. A wonderful singer let down by a complete dirge of a chanson. It’s also clear that her stylist HATED her. No one looks good dressed in a nightie with hair resembling a bird’s nest. The fact that this came fourth highlights the sheer awfulness of the other entries.
Chris: A very French song. I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good or bad thing though. I’ve always felt that whilst Natasha is clearly an incredible singer, “Je N’Ai Que Mon Âme” doesn’t really hit the heights it could. Certainly it was one of the best in the 2001 field, but that’s not saying much. The switch to English harms the song more than it helps – if you’re going to do a song like this, dedicate yourself ala Patricia Kaas. Now that’s a true French greatest hit.
William: Well she could have made an effort to dress up. I feel like she’s wearing her nightgown. In any event, she’s pitch-perfect and, despite the slow tempo, this song has real vigour and drive. As she approaches the second minute I start to feel the tingles. Not a fan of the switch to English — it lets the song down.
All 18 members of our jury rate each song. However, we only have room to share 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining eight scores.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 1 and a high of 10.